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CMOS design of a current-mode multiplier/divider circuit with applications to fuzzy controllers

By María Iluminada Baturone Castillo, Santiago Sánchez Solano and José Luis Huertas Díaz


Multiplier and divider circuits are usually required in the fields of analog signal processing and parallel-computing neural or fuzzy systems. In particular, this paper focuses on the hardware implementation of fuzzy controllers, where the divider circuit is usually the bottleneck. Multiplier/divider circuits can be implemented with a combination of A/D-D/A converters. An efficient design based on current-mode data converters is presented herein. Continuous-time algorithmic converters are chosen to reduce the control circuitry and to obtain a modular design based on a cascade of bit cells. Several circuit structures to implement these cells are presented and discussed. The one that is selected enables a better trade-off speed/power than others previously reported in the literature while maintaining a low area occupation. The resulting multiplier/divider circuit offers a low voltage operation, provides the division result in both analog and digital formats, and it is suitable for applications of low or middle resolution (up to 9 bits) like applications to fuzzy controllers. The analysis is illustrated with Hspice simulations and experimental results from a CMOS multiplier/divider prototype with 5-bit resolution. Experimental results from a CMOS current-mode fuzzy controller chip that contains the proposed design are also included

Topics: CMOS multiplier/divider circuits, Current-mode signal processing, Continuous-time data converters, Fuzzy logic hardware
Publisher: 'Springer Science and Business Media LLC'
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1023/A:1008367503866
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